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Athens and the CycladesEconomic Strategies 540-314 BC$
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Brian Rutishauser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646357.001.0001

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Local Hegemonies

Local Hegemonies

The Archaic Cyclades (540–490)

(p.51) 3 Local Hegemonies
Athens and the Cyclades

Brian Rutishauser

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the background to a period of apparent economic prosperity in the Cyclades during the late sixth century. This period saw many of the islands in the region minting their own coinage, building and operating warships, and constructing monumental temples and fortification walls. The chapter argues that these phenomena were expressions of peer-polity interaction, but that the advent of the trireme and the involvement of outside powers in the region promoted the growth of naval power and attempts by the islanders to control local trade routes.

Keywords:   sixth century, coinage, triremes, temples, peer-polity interaction, trade routes

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